A Conversation with the Authors of “The Easy Air Fryer Cookbook”

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By : Suvarna Sheth

The air-fryer is one of the newest kitchen gadgets on the market. It’s a hot tool that’s revolutionizing the way traditional recipes are prepared, and taking the boredom out of “cooking healthy.”

A new cookbook, The Easy Air Fryer Cookbook: Healthy Everyday Recipes For People With Diabetes recently published by Kathy Moore and Roxanne Wyss celebrates cooking with the air fryer with 80 delicious recipes.

Best of all, every recipe has been customized to meet the nutritional guidelines established by the American Diabetes Association making them all diabetes-friendly.

Moore and Wyss, pictured above, are also known as The Electrified Cooks. They are food writers and consultants, cookbook authors, bloggers, and culinary educators who love to share their passion for cooking.

They have worked together to develop hundreds of recipes over the years and write a regular food column in the Kansas City Star together.

Moore and Wyss met many years ago in the test kitchen for a small appliance company. They are experts in using small appliances, but throughout their careers, they have always focused on family meals around the dinner table, and readily use small appliances when they help make cooking easier.

dLife recently sat down with Moore and Wyss to learn more about their book, and why it’s a must-have for your cookbook collection.

1. Tell me more about your background/passion for cooking?

We both fell in love with cooking and dreamed of a career in foods way back in middle school. Knowing we wanted to work with food, we both majored in food during college. We are passionate about food, making it both our hobby and our careers. We each love cooking for our husbands and families, stepping into the kitchen to cook, to create and to build great-tasting memories.

We are thrilled that food is our career. We have written fifteen cookbooks—fourteen already published and one on the near horizon.

2. Why is this book the must-have book for 2020?

Air fryers are one of the most popular small appliances on the market today. Sales for this new small appliance have soared and yet, most people are not sure how to use them or what foods to air fry.

The packaging and use and care information that comes with most air fryers suggest using the appliance for frozen French fries and many frozen convenience foods.

Yes, those work well in an air fryer, but many people prefer healthier food choices. Most don’t realize that air fried vegetables, fish, seafood, chicken and many fresh, healthy foods taste great when air fried.

The Easy Air Fryer Cookbook showcases a wide range of great tasting, healthy recipes for the air fryer. It is definitely the cookbook for this holiday season and on through 2020.

3. What makes the recipes unique?

We carefully tested each recipe multiple times, as our goal is to always create recipes that taste great and work well for any cook, including the kitchen novice.  We use readily available ingredients and avoid laborious steps or unfamiliar ingredients. We want everyone to enjoy and use their kitchen appliances frequently.

4. Is an air-fryer for everyone? Why or Why not?

The air fryer is a great small appliance. Swirling hot air cooks the food in an air fryer. This means foods turn a beautiful golden brown and have a crisp, delicious crust.

The food tastes great, but you don’t have the mess or odor of hot, deep fat, a stove splattered with grease or food that is laden with fat.  The air fryer is easy to use and foods cook quickly, without heating up the big oven.

Air fryers come in a variety of sizes so there is a size that would work for all families, from those cooking for one or two, to those wishing to cook for several.

Based on all these facts, no wonder an air fryer is a very popular appliance and is a great addition to any kitchen.

5. Are all the recipes diabetes-friendly?

Yes, each recipe adheres to the nutritional guidelines set forth by the American Diabetes Association. Each recipe lists the food exchanges and nutritional values.

But, you don’t have to have diabetes to enjoy the recipes. Many people enjoy fresh, healthy food, and there are recipes for breakfast, lunch, or dinner and even snacks. Families with children will enjoy some of the recipes, like “Family Favorite Fish Sticks” or “Campfire Bananas,” while others may enjoy “Coconut Shrimp” or “Balsamic-Glazed Vegetables on Couscous.”

There are recipes for everyone!

6. What is the single biggest problem with healthy cooking today?

An eating pattern is a term used to describe the foods or groups of foods that a person chooses to eat on a daily basis. You have to look for an eating pattern you can incorporate into your lifestyle and follow long term.  This is difficult for some.

Also, families are busy and some feel that preparing healthy meals at home takes a lot of time. With The Easy Air Fryer Cookbook, you can quickly and easily cook healthy meals the whole family will enjoy.

With food that tastes this good, and that is easy to prepare, you won’t think of going to that fast food restaurant or grabbing a bag of frozen high-calorie snacks from the freezer.

7. Any other thoughts you’d like to share?

We encourage everyone to use an air fryer to cook delicious, healthy foods.

When we first started using an air fryer, several years ago, we too thought people might use it to cook French Fries or other frozen snacks.

When we discovered the incredible flavor of air fried vegetables it was a game-changer.  The air fried vegetables tasted great and we want to encourage everyone to give them a try. You will discover how easy and delicious it is to air-fry.

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The Easy Air Fryer Cookbook: Healthy Everyday Recipes For People With Diabetes.

The book is available at Barnes and Noble, Amazon and other major retailers.